The Australian Ballet Presents La Sylphide
The Australian Ballet will recapture the magnificence of the Romantic period this month with two classic masterpieces, La Sylphide and Paquita.
Translated to 'sylph' (a slim, graceful woman or girl, or a class of imaginary beings whose element is air), La Sylphide details the story of a man who becomes enamoured by a sylph the night before his wedding. Deluded by desire, the man consults a deceitful witch who teaches him the downfall of obsession.
Paquita is one of the many ballets created by French-Russian dancer, teacher and choreographer Marius Petipa (Swan Lake, The Nutcracker). Petipa's work is known for its grandeur, capturing the ethereal aspect of ballet through pointe, meticulous footwork and spectacular leaps.